A Just Man

1 May

“St. Joseph was a just man, a tireless worker, the upright guardian of those entrusted to his care.  May he always guard, protect and enlighten families.”  ~ St. Pope John Paul II

There are many saints who are not spoken of often.  Joseph would definitely be one of them.  Even in the liturgical prayer of the Church, it took until 2013 to have his name included in the Eucharistic Prayers, “with the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with blessed Joseph, her Spouse”.

Devotion to St. Joseph did arise quite early in the Church.  However, he seems to be largely forgotten among the saints.  And there is no good reason for that.  He was, after all, the foster-father of Jesus Christ.  He was entrusted by God to take care of Mary and Jesus.  He was the one who protected Jesus from Herod’s attempt to kill the newborn King.  He was the one who supported the family and who guided Jesus and taught Him as He grew.

Today is the feast of St. Joseph the Worker.  As we remember Joseph and give him the fitting honor that is his due, we turn our eyes to others who may share the same obscurity as Joseph did: our own fathers.  Being a parent is not a glamorous job.  There is a lot of sacrifice that comes into play.  A parent is called to provide safety and security for his or her children.  Much of what a parent does is overlooked.

If you find yourself struggling in your job as you attempt to provide for your family, turn to St. Joseph and ask him to intercede for you to Jesus.  He will look out for you just as he looked out for Jesus and Mary.

FAITH ACTION:  Pray for fathers, step-fathers, and foster fathers, that they have the strength and humility of St. Joseph.